2007-01-04 / Front Page

SUSPECT CAUGHT IN QUADRUPLE SHOOTING

By Charles Rogers

Deion Davis: Eluded police
Deion Davis: Eluded police A fugitive suspect in the shooting of four teenagers during a street melee last May was arrested Saturday and charged with the shooting, police said. Deion Davis, 25, of Jefferson Street in Jamaica, Queens, had been a suspect in the shooting since last July and had eluded police until he was allegedly involved in a robbery attempt last week and was arrested.

While checking out prior arrest records for Davis and others allegedly involved in the Queens robbery, detectives found he was wanted in connection with the local incident and contacted the 69th Precinct Detective Squad. The local detectives brought him to the Foster Avenue station house for questioning and he was charged here with four counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said that on May 5, 2006 at about 9 p.m. a crowd of teenagers who had been in a fight during a party in a Breukelen Houses apartment scattered into the street and continued fighting, with more youths joining the fray and the melee continuing from Glenwood Road and East 105th Street to Flatlands Avenue, eventually halting at East 100th Street.

At this point, according to witnesses, somebody pulled out a handgun and began to fire into the crowd. Four young people fell to the ground and the shooter escaped in the confusion afterwards. Fortunately, none of the wounds to the injured parties was considered life threatening.

After extensive checking, it was determined that Davis was a suspect, but he apparently did not return to his Jefferson Street home and had not been seen since the incident, until he allegedly took part in the recent Queens robbery.

Police said the suspect has a prior record of criminal possession of a weapon and had been arrested previously on an assault charge.

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